Wifi in printer went out, will OS X see it if I connect it to router?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by rockinrocker, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. rockinrocker macrumors 65816


    Aug 21, 2006
    So the wifi card in my printer went out- will OSX be able to "see" it if I connect it to my wireless router via ethernet?
    Will my computers still be able to wake it from low power mode via the network?

    I suppose I could just try it, but I'd have to do some rearranging first so I thought I'd check here first.


    PS- I've checked and it's for sure the wifi card that's the problem.
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Yes, your Mac will still see it, you might have to re-add the printer to OS X. Andd anything that worked over WiFi should work over ethernet.
  3. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 21, 2006
    Well crap, I tried it but I can't get it to appear except via bluetooth, and Image Capture won't see it so I can't use the scanner that way….


    Thanks for the response….

    Is there something I'm missing here?
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    Even though the wireless card isn't functional. You may need to manually turn off the wireless. So that the Ethernet will function.

    Also check the network settings for the Ethernet to make sure DHCP is set to automatic or that the manual settings are correct.

    Print a network configuration diagnostic page to be sure it is correctly configured and connected to the network.
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    even when you connect via wifi, you are still going through the router.
    your computer and printer both talk only to the router. not directly to each other.
    your computer sends a message addressed to the printer, the router gets that message, sees who it's for and knows where to forward the message.
  6. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 21, 2006
    Yep, wireless is turned off.
    When I go to the 'network setup' wizard it searches for routers but never finds anything… Even though it's connected directly to it via ethernet.

    I'm not seeing anything labeled as DHCP anywhere…

    I just can't get it to connect anyway but via bluetooth. Which I guess would be ok, except that the scanner doesn't appear in image capture.
  7. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    What router are you using? Have you tried connecting your Mac directly to the router via Ethernet and seeing if the printer is visible then? This will ensure that the Wireless and Wired networks are not different subnets (weird but some routers do it). I am not sure what model printer you have, but try looking through the menu to verify what IP address it is using. You may need to configure via the IP address through Print & Scan.
  8. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Make and model? It really all depends on the design of the printer and what specifically failed.

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